Jablonski Krzysztof, piano
Krzysztof Jablonski was born in Wroclaw, Poland. He started piano lessons at age six with Professor Janina Butor. Under her guidance he won many prizes at piano competitions in Poland and performed his first concert with an orchestra at the age of 12. As the youngest competitor at age 15, he was placed fifth at the Milan Piano Competition, "Premio Dino Ciani." Between 1983 and 1986 he studied under the guidance of Professor Andrzej Jasinski at the Academy of Music in Katowice, Poland. He graduated with honors in 1987, and in 1996 he earned his Ph.D. Jablonski won third prize at The F. Chopin International Piano Competition in Warsaw in 1985. Between 1988 and 1992 he has won numerous top prizes at piano competitions in: Palm Beach (Florida, USA), Monza (Italy), Dublin (Ireland), Gold Medal at The A. Rubinstein International Piano Master Competition in Tel Aviv (Israel), the "Jorge Bolet" Prize at the Walter Naumburg Foundation International Piano Competition in New York, and Second Prize at The Esther Honens International Piano Competition in Calgary, Canada. At age 20, he began performing on stages in Europe, North and South America, Mexico, Israel, South Korea, and Japan. He has performed in many prestigious concert halls, including appearances on the Master Concert Series at Berliner Philharmonie. Mr. Jablonski has also performed with prominent chamber music ensembles. He also founded "Chopin Duo" (Tomasz Strahl - Cello, Krzysztof Jablonski - Piano) in 1999. Since 2004 he is a Member of The Warsaw Piano Quintet (Kwintet Warszawski) which was first founded by Wladyslaw Szpilman in 1962. He is co-founder of the Kulka Trio together with K.A. Kulka and T. Strahl. From 1999 to 2006 Mr. Jablonski was closely collaborating with Grand Theatre - National Opera in Warsaw, Poland, performing regularly the music for a ballet entitled "Fortepianissimo", which was developed around the music of Chopin. Between 2002 and 2006 he was also frequently performing the original piano version of the C. Debussy's Pelleas et Melisande lyrique drama (opera). Jablonski performed at the National Philharmonic Hall in Warsaw with Orchestra of the 18th Century (Baroque Orchestra) conducted by Frans Bruggen on historical piano (Erard, built in 1849), during special series of concerts presenting Chopin's pieces performed in an original sound with the use of the instruments of that time for the first time in Poland. Jablonski has made many live recordings for radio and television in many countries. He has recorded many compact discs in Germany, Japan, and Poland. Jablonski also recorded three CDs (Etudes, Preludes and Impromptus and Works for Piano and Orchestra) in conjunction with The National Edition of F. Chopin's Works project, directed by Prof. J. Ekier. He has recorded Piano Quintets by G. Bacewicz and J. Zarębski with Warsaw Quintet and complete chamber works by F. Chopin with T. Strahl and K.A. Kulka.